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Incident Date: 15 July 2014
GREATER Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) is reminding people of the importance of having a working smoke alarm after a family in Manchester was alerted to a cooking fire.
Firefighters from Withington and Moss Side fire stations were called to a house on Mauldeth Road West in Manchester at 3.23pm on Tuesday, July 15, 2014, after a pan of food on the electric cooker set on fire.
Watch Manager Nigel Travis said: "When we arrived at the property a young couple and their one-year-old daughter were outside after being alerted to the fire by a smoke alarm fitted by GMFRS in October 2013.
"The fire started when cooking was left unattended resulting in damage being caused to the whole kitchen."
Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used a hose reel to put the fire out and later used a fan to remove smoke.
Chair of the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority, Councillor David Acton, said: "This incident just shows how vital it is to have working smoke alarms in your home - without the warning from the alarm this family may not have got themselves outside as quickly as they did.
"For a free Home Safety Check, that may include the fitting of smoke alarms call 0800 555 815 or visit www.manchesterfire.gov.uk"
If you would like information on fire safety in the kitchen, visit the GMFRS website here: /fire_safety_advice/home_fire_safety/safety_in_kitchen.aspx